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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Beltsville is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a eventful time—children head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one thing that you need to remember to include on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the colder months.

Window screens are really important in the summer season for blocking heat, allowing your windows to stay open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the fall months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and could be better removed from your windows. Here’s why:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much desired natural light throughout the dreary winter days. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a massive winter wind whips up snow and propels it toward your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps decrease the amount of snow that can get trapped between your screen and window.
  • Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from entering your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps throughout the winter days to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that screens left on windows in the winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that could have entered the home.

Now that you have this background, it’s a great time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter hits?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a necessity. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners don’t need to take more steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Beltsville’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to ponder with your window screens—the choice is up to you.

If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at (301) 327-3013, visit our Beltsville showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.